The wait is over! From “Big Dreams”, “Medicated” to “The Wicked” you were slowly introduced to Flex The Antihero’s latest project SALEM leading up to today. If you read the review yesterday, you got a glimpse at how phenomenal SALEM is front to back. Now that it’s finally out you can easily see why. With M Mac and Emerson Brooks handling most of the production besides two tracks from Metcalfe and BatmanOnTheBeatz, there’s no question Flex and everyone involved put their all into SALEM. Flex recruits DillanPonders, ANTHM, Allan Rayman, D-Sisive and Emerson Brooks, keeping the features to a minimum.
Records that stand out on SALEM are one’s like “The Wicked”, “Build and Destroy”, “Big Dreams”, “War”, “All I Knew”, “Rolling Dice” and “The Great Escape” though those are just my personal favorites, the whole project is dope. The album being an ode to where Flex grew up and how he’s moved on from there, SALEM is one everyone can relate to in a way if you’re out chasing your dreams. Stream and download Flex The Antihero’s latest gem SALEM after a little write up from Flex about the album.
“SALEM is just an exit in Ajax where I previously lived before (I’ve been in Toronto for a minute now). A lot of the topics I found on the album had to deal with what I was surrounded by and what inspired my way of thinking. It was just a stretch that takes you from one end to the other. The trees on the cover symbolize the fields that are on the one side as you drive and also symbolic of a lot of the darkness I was in when working on this project.”
Purchase: Flex The Antihero – “SALEM”
When taking in The Antiheroes it’s clear on any track that they never lack on expressing their opinion, whether the subject is the quality and integrity of music or something community based. Separately, as first experienced on Latex & Perfume ; you experience a more personal side of the two Toronto artist’s Sha Prince and Flex The Antihero. Announcing SALEM was on it’s way just before Sha Prince’s solo project, there was a built anticipation leading up to the first time we heard it. Hands down, once taking it in fully and hitting repeat dozens of times you could tell this is a body of work that you could not get bored listening to. Both SALEM and Latex & Perfume; they stand as a moment in time. First experiencing SALEM it’s seen as what it is, a great in-depth project that is an ode to where Flex grew up which reflects on his past, how he’s moved on pursuing his passion to create music and more. If you look at it for what it could be, it’s a moment in time you can look back to when artist’s like Flex further their success and really look at how far they’ve come.
Read the track by track review after the jump!
After getting put on to this one a little bit late after having a brief conversation with Toronto recording artist Slur, the only thought that comes to mind is “how did I miss this one?”. I’m glad it was brought to my attention though, because I relate to this EP way too much!
Last year, Slur (whom you may have heard on T.Y.’s 500 Autumn Nights: Side B) released a new EP called Writing Home About Nothing, an amazing compilation of seven songs which Slur put together perfectly. Speaking on things he wants to change, his opinion on certain topics while on others you find him just having fun. It’s hard to pin point a favorite song on Writing Home About Nothing because as you listen through from start to finish, each track is as unique as the last one. With a ton of Canadian artist’s on their independent grind, it’s almost impossible to not support good music such as this EP. I can’t wait to see what Slur brings to the table this year, and after hearing Writing Home About Nothing, you’ll feel the same way. Stream the whole project below and be sure to purchase the project if you’re feeling it. Let me know what you think below!
Purchase: Slur – Writing Home About Nothing
Hip-Hop fans have had a hard time accepting Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino as a creditable artist in the Hip-Hop industry. Creditability is an essential factor to fans of the genre, and Childish Gambino has his questioned constantly. After a series of mix tape releases, Gambino’s first studio album, Camp (2011), was met with mixed reviews. Though well received by critics, Hip-Hop purists refused to accept Gambino as an MC. Gambino’s follow up to Camp, was the 2012 mix tape, Royalty. In an attempt to appease naysayers, Royalty was filled with some of the hottest names in rap: Wu Tang Clans RZA & Ghost Face Killah, Danny Brown, Nipsy Hussle, School-boy Q- and the list goes on. Royalty served as a preview of what Gambino could bring to the table among some of the most well renowned rappers in the game. Moving onward form Royalty, it was evident that Childish Gambino made drastic improvements lyrically, and his confidence on the mic seemed to be at an all-time high.
From the attempts to define personal struggles in Camp, to the boastful swag raps heard in Royalty, the most consistent element in Gambino’s music is his search for an identity. Childish Gambino latest release Because the Internet, is the culmination of trial and error, growth and development and straight grinding- the end result is an artist coming into his own. Check out the full article after the Jump.
One of my favourite emcees is back, paying homage to another of my favourites. Skyzoo and Antman Wonder recently released An Ode To Reasonable Doubt, a nine-track reinterpreting of Jay-Z’s classic debut. On AOTRD, Philadelphia composer Antman Wonder recreates the original beats with live orchestral arrangements as Skyzoo pens his own lyrics, frequently giving a nod to Jay-Z’s lines by flipping them into an entirely new narrative. The end result is equally nostalgic and fresh. For more on Skyzoo, make sure to read our interview with him. Stream and pay what you can for An Ode To Reasonable Doubt below.
Who could have ever imagined that we would receive an album from both. Jay Z and Beyoncé in the same year?
Following in her husband’s #NewRules footsteps, Beyoncé has just released an unexpected, brand new, self-titled album in which she’s calling a visual album. Earlier this year, B gave us singles such as “Bow Down / I Been On,” and “Grown Woman,” but there were rumours as if when she would release a new LP this year. Well, it’s arrived. The project, consisting of 14 songs 17 videos also features Jay Z, Drake, Frank Ocean, Justin Timberlake, her daughter Blue Ivy and several more. Available exclusively on iTunes, you can also watch part 1 of her “self-titled” behind-the-scenes video as well.
Beyoncé – Beyoncé Tracklisting:
1. “Pretty Hurts”
3. “Drunk in Love” feat. Jay Z
5. “No Angel”
9. “Mine” feat. Drake
11. “***Flawless” feat. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
12. “Superpower” feat. Frank Ocean
14. “Blue” feat. Blue Ivy
15. “Pretty Hurts” [Video]
16. “Ghost” [Video]
17. “Haunted” [Video]
18. “Drunk in Love” feat. Jay Z [Video]
19. “Blow” [Video]
20. “No Angel” [Video]
21. “Yoncé” [Video]
22. “Partition” [Video]
23. “Jealous” [Video]
24. “Rocket” [Video]
25. “Mine” feat. Drake [Video]
26. “XO” [Video]
27. “***Flawless” feat. Chimamanda [Video]
28. “Superpower” feat. Frank Ocean [Video]
29. “Heaven” [Video]
30. “Blue” feat. Blue Ivy [Video]
31. “Grown Woman” [Bonus Video]
December 3rd, the day we’ve all awaited. Sese’s second album of this year is finally here, Sayzor Ramone. Check out our review of the EP, stream it before purchasing after the description of Sayzor Ramone. Not only do we get the album, Sese dropped a new visual for track three as well, “Light It Up” featuring Hardbody, check that out afterwards as well.
“The theme music starts… And, the roar from the fans rolls like a tide through the stadium. The ring announcer starts, “Introducing, from St. Catherines, Ontario weighing 287 pounds… The Bad Guy, SAYZOR RAMONE! For Aristo Music Group recording artist Sese (Pronounced Say-Zee) channeling over the top charisma, brash lady’s man bravado and technical skills to put him a cut above the rest comes as second nature. The parallels between he and his favourite wrestler the WWF’s Rayzor Ramone character are endless on his new 8-Track offering aptly-titled, “Sayzor Ramone.” “I just [really] wanted to embody that charisma he had. He was all about the ladies and dressing the best, but on top of that he was a top competitor and his talent overshadowed his cocky bravado,” says Sese of his new collection. Giving fans and music lovers a high energy ringside like experience is heard throughout the offering. “I just wanted to make a cohesive project. I wanted it to be high energy, and it to embody that feeling of stepping into the ring, the crowd, the lights, the theme. I wanted it to feel very over the top… No Royale Rumble.” Boasting a mix of some frequent collaborators, and the introduction to some new sound masters, “Sayzor Ramone” flows from top to bottom. With features from Luu Breeze and Hardbody. And, production from Jayze, 2oolman, Superville, The Workx and UTVMG in-house producer Jmakbeatz the sounds are bass heavy and high impact. Currently on the “Live In Concert Tour” with Luu Breeze and G MILLA, Sese continues to bring his high energy approach to fans across the nation. Be sure to look out for Sese in a city near you.”
As we begin our venture into the cold months ahead, it’s only appropriate that we get some new music from Canadian Winter. The hip-hop/jazz/soul foursome just dropped their latest album, The Snowball Effect, the sequel to 2011′s Just Wait Till February. The album runs 12 tracks deep and features guest appearances from the likes of Bonnie Hamilton, Michael Williams, Yours Truly, T.Y., Sara London, the Snow Beach Players, and many others. You might also remember some of the songs from their Original 6 EP, including “Get The Show On The Road.” In celebration of their album’s release, the Hamilton group also dropped a new set of visuals for their single “Choose One,” directed by Robbie J. Stream/purchase The Snowball Effect and watch the visuals to “Choose One” below.
Ever since first coming across Sese’s music in my “Youtube Vortex” days; stumbling into the track “Iron Jaw Angel’s”, I was instantly a fan. Of course when you come across an artist that’s new to you, you have to go back and do your research, while in the midst of that I was constantly impressed with how dedicated he was to his craft. Dropping eleven videos in a row with G-Dot, the YFRWN series, a slew of remixes over some of the most popular instrumentals at the time, several other mixtapes and more! It still doesn’t cease – nor will it ever I believe. At the beginning of the year Sese released his first EP Age of Aquarius, which followed Aquarius Rising, not even a month after he announced another project he was working on, Sayzor Ramone.
Quoting the write up for Sayzor Ramone, “Channeling over the top charisma, brash lady’s man bravado and technical skills to put him a cut above the rest comes as second nature. The parallels between he and his favourite wrestler the WWF’s Rayzor Ramone character are endless on his new 8-Track offering aptly-titled, “Sayzor Ramone.” “I just [really] wanted to embody that charisma he had. He was all about the ladies and dressing the best, but on top of that he was a top competitor and his talent overshadowed his cocky bravado,” says Sese of his new collection. Giving fans and music lovers a high energy ringside like experience is heard throughout the offering. “I just wanted to make a cohesive project. I wanted it to be high energy, and it to embody that feeling of stepping into the ring, the crowd, the lights, the theme. I wanted it to feel very over the top… No Royale Rumble.” Boasting a mix of some frequent collaborators, and the introduction to some new sound masters, “Sayzor Ramone” flows from top to bottom. With features from Luu Breeze and Hardbody. And, production from Jayze, 2oolman, Superville, The Workx and UTVMG in-house producer Jmakbeatz the sounds are bass heavy and high impact.”
Hit the link the read the full review!
DillanPonders just dropped his new EP titled NUMB which this nine track composition is entirely produced by Tay Lewis. No sooner than hitting play on this one, you realize you’re in for a treat. From “HALF DEAD” through to “NOMAD” it’s hard to pin point one track I’m feeling more than another because they’ll all equally unique and each as good as the next. Stream and download NUMB from DillanPonders after the write up via SmashMouth Entertainment for it.
Numb is the magnum opus of DillanPonders sound. This project explores late night experiences and a morbid fascination with escaping by whatever means necessary. Accompanied by deep bass & airy ambience, it takes place in Toronto’s underground downtown scene, filled with the dreams of lost youth and love gone. NUMB is entirely produced by Tay Lewis & the pair have struck an evident artistic chemistry that resonates throughout the tape. Young Toronto is on the rise and Dillan proves he’s the leader of the new wave.
Download: DillanPonders – NUMB
If your tuned into the the London music scene, you know London has a lot of talent going around the city. Member of London’s The Most High, Shhadeh hooks up with underground producer Graph Wize, also from London who has work with some of the top underground emcees in the game to create this sixteen track album L.O Key. From start to finish you get a good taste of some good old boom bap, with some raw thought provoking lyrics that keep your head nodding for the entire forty five minutes. On this you you mainly get a taste of Shhadeh’s lyrical ability and Graph Wize’s talents as a producer because there are only a few features which include The Most High member Bill Beamin, Slick HOLLYWOOD, London’s Dolla The Paperchaser and Emanual Assefa. You can stream the album underneath the track list
1. Shhadeh & Graph Wize – Prevail ft. Bill Beamin
2. Shhadeh & Graph Wize – Medly
3. Shhadeh & Graph Wize – White Boy Kush
4. Shhadeh & Graph Wize – P.I.M.P
5. Shhadeh & Graph Wize – Gangs of Game
6. Shhadeh & Graph Wize – In The Dark
7. Shhadeh & Graph Wize – Apex
8. Shhadeh & Graph Wize – R.I.P ft. Slick HOLLYWOOD
9. Shhadeh & Graph Wize – L.O Key ft. Dolla Tha Paperchaser & Bill Beamin
10. Shhadeh & Graph Wize – Purple ft. Bill Beamin
11. Shhadeh & Graph Wize – Crack
12. Shhadeh & Graph Wize – Across The Bridge
13. Shhadeh & Graph Wize – I&I
14. Shhadeh & Graph Wize – Unbound ft. Bill Beamin
15. Shhadeh & Graph Wize – Break It Down
16. Shhadeh & Graph Wize – Three Wize Men ft. Emanual Assefa